One-third of people infected with COVID-19 have longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, scientists said on Tuesday.
In a study of more than 230,000 American patients, researchers found 34% of COVID survivors received a diagnosis for a neurological or a psychological within six months of their infection.
Researchers who conducted the analysis said it was not clear how the virus was linked to psychiatric conditions such as anxiety and depression, but that these were the most common diagnoses among the 14 disorders they looked at.
Furthermore, the researchers said cases of stroke, dementia and other neurological disorders were rarer but were still significant in those who had a severe infection.
In a separate study done by researchers at University College London found that nearly a third of people who have been hospitalized were readmitted for further treatment within four months of being discharged, and one in eight of patients dies in the same period.
Doctors have called for tests and monitoring of former coronavirus patients to detect early signs of organ damage and other complications caused by the virus.